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You’ve just completed a workout either at home or at the gym and you’re feeling a bit peckish. You know protein is great for post-workout muscle recovery, but do you reach for a protein bar or whip up a quick protein shake?
In this article, we’ll delve into the protein shake vs protein bar debate and explore which option might be the right one for your post-workout.
Protein is an essential nutrient for your health and fitness, supplying the necessary amino acids that aid your muscles in mending the damage caused by exercise, while supporting the development of new muscle tissues. Protein also helps reduce muscle soreness and can prevent muscle breakdown.
Essentially, both protein bars and protein shakes can be equally good for you, depending on the ingredients, or they can be equally bad. Some may have added sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives or other ingredients that can lead to you undoing some of the great work done during your workout. Therefore, it’s important to read the labels carefully and choose products that have high quality ingredients and minimal additives.
Protein shakes are drinks that contain protein powder mixed with water, milk or a plant-based alternative. They are typically consumed within 15 to 60 minutes of finishing a workout to provide muscles with the amino acids they need for repair and growth.
MyProtein Impact Chocolate Brownie Whey - 21 grams of protein per 25g serving, 1 gram of sugar and only 103 calories make this protein shake a real all-rounder for post workout refreshment.
Protein Works Vanilla Crème Diet Whey Isolate – only 92 calories per serving and zero fat, plus 23 grams of protein and 0.6 grams of sugar.
USN 100% Plant Protein, Vanilla Maple – this tasty vegan option has just 0.1 grams of sugar per 30g serving. Also contains 260 grams of protein and 136 calories.
UFIT Vegan High 15g Protein Shake Chocolate Orange - great for vegans and those with a lactose intolerance. 15 grams of protein and a delicious taste.
Protein bars contain protein from various sources, such as whey, soy, nuts or seeds. They are a great post-workout snack, providing protein for muscle recovery, energy for replenishment and nutrients for health.
Grenade Car Killa - good balance of protein, calories, sugar and taste.
Fulfil Vitamin & Protein Bar - only 188 calories per bar with 20g of protein and 9 vitamins.
Quest Bar - only 1 g of sugar per bar and uses natural sweeteners like stevia and erythritol.
Protein Works Ridiculous Wild Chocolate Peanut Vegan Protein Bar - fully plant based and palm oil free. It's also low in sugar, high in protein and fibre, with 200 calories per bar.
You could of course opt for a different protein snack altogether if bars or shakes aren’t your thing. There are plenty of other foods that can provide you with the protein and other nutrients your body needs after a workout, such as:
If you’re looking to get fit and healthy, then regular exercise and a healthy, balanced diet is the right way to do it! Here at LiveWell Dorset, we have a fantastic range of resources to help you on your way to a happier, healthier life. Why not try our handy Habit Hacker tool which can help provide bespoke behaviour change techniques personalised to you?
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